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Book: Bronze and Granite: Stories and Anecdotes of the Civil War Leaders
Author: Judy DiLeo, editor
Publisher: Daisy Publications
Language level: 3 (a few curse words)
Reading level: Of interest to all ages
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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DiLeo, Judy, editor. Bronze and Granite: Stories and Anecdotes of the Civil War Leaders (published in 2000 by Daisy Publications, P. O. Box 309, Altoona, PA 16603). We picked up this little paperback book a few years ago on a field trip to Jefferson Barracks County Historical Park in St. Louis, MO. Jefferson Barracks was once a major military installation in St. Louis. Both U. S. Grant and R. E. Lee passed through it during their military careers. Several of the buildings have been turned into museums. This book is exactly what the subtitle suggests, a collection of stories and anecdotes about various leaders of both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War, including Grant, Lee, McClellan, Hancock, Sherman, Jeb Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, and many others whose names are not as familiar.
There are a few instances of where curse words (mostly the one beginning with “d”) are used in quotations. Otherwise, if you are studying the Civil War, this book will provide a lot of interesting, and amusing, information (after perhaps crossing out a few choice words) that you would never find anywhere else. The used sections of both Amazon and Barnes and Noble (as well as others I came across in doing research on the book) list a book with this title from the same publisher, calling it The Bronze and the Granite: Stories and Anecdotes of the Civil War Leaders, saying it is Volume I (though I never did see a reference to Volume II), and giving the author’s name as Robert P. Broadwater. However, I searched and searched the edition of the book which we purchased and could not find an author’s name.